August 17, 2015
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#kidspeaknz no.1!

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I’m really excited to announce that the first ever #KIDspeaknz is happening tomorrow afternoon! This is a chat that has come about after some teachers and I were chatting on Twitter and wondering what if we gave the reigns over to the kids and ask them what they’d like to talk about? Our students are now more connected than ever and with that connectivity comes students who are empowered with a voice worth listening to!

This week the topic of devices in the classroom came up so Room 27 wrote the following questions:

  • What curriculum areas do you use your devices for?
  • Do you think having your own device helps you learn? Why/why not? How?
  • Do you still work with other people or off your device?
  • Are there any possible negatives about having devices in the classroom?

Looking forward to having students from Tamatea Intermediate, Bohally Intermediate and Aorere College join us at 2pm tomorrow! Any other schools are welcome to join, nau mai, haere mai!

August 7, 2015
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Mahi Kāinga o te Wiki 3-4: Due Rāmere 14 o Hereturikōkā te tau

fictional-1Mahi kāinga this week!

– Read your chapters for your book club novel if you still have some to go.

Check to see if you are book selling next week and make sure you have your book ready, have written up the details in a doc and shared it with me, and have thought about an interesting hook to start your book sell.

– Have a read of this post I wrote about our first #rm278wellynz chat, think about what makes a good tweet and what our focus was on and in the comments tell me why you think I chose the tweets on there as good examples.

– Check out the video from Attitude I posted and have a go at answering the question I posed in the post about changing up the kupu of a well known waiata!

Extra for Experts

Investigate how to embed a tweet onto your blog and share some of your favourite tweets from our chat (you can see them all here) last week that way!

Ask me for our Goodreads login so that you can go and write a review of some of your favourite books. Your book sell book would be a great start!

 

August 5, 2015
by msnathan
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Twitter Learning Conversation

We have started collaborating with a class at Ridgway School in Brooklyn, Wellington and it’s pretty exciting. Every Friday we’ll be doing a maths challenge at the same time while the teachers tweet out the learning and then in the middle block we’ll be having a tweet chat about literacy using the hashtag #rm278wellynz. The cool thing about using a tweet chat is that each week we’ll be able to see how we improve in our writing. Writing a tweet is a challenge as you have to get all your meaning across in only 140 characters, so you have to think carefully about what you want to say. We’ll also be learning how to question effectively and have a discussion back and forwards about each weeks topic.

For our test run we were introducing ourselves, tweeting about what book we’re currently reading, how we’re feeling about using Twitter in class and also being challenged to reply to other tweets. Each week we’ll try to identify examples of good tweeting practice to both help us get better at writing tweets but also to help us be able to self assess our writing and thinking.

If you’d like to see the whole chat, you can see it here on our Storify. Here are a few great tweets from our first chat! Why do you think I might have chosen these ones. Let me know in the comments!

March 10, 2015
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#kidsedchatnz: Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Passion & Talent

Tomorrow we are going to be joining kids all over Aotearoa to talk about creativity, cool inventions and our passions as part of #kidsedchatnz. This will be my first time as a teacher joining in and I am super excited! I was especially excited when I saw this weeks topic as it links so well to our 100 ideas in 10 min challenge we did on Monday. Have a look at this video to see what Kid president says about how to be a good inventor to get you ready. You can also take a look at the questions we’ll be answering over on the Kidsedchat blog. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

March 8, 2015
by msnathan
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Week 5 Round Up

This week we have…

Been let loose on Twitter for the first time.

BuddiesBecome teachers and wrangled small children.

Met Ms Holly’s class in Room 23 who are going to be our buddy class. They were funny and cute! We have all written posts introducing them on our blogs. Adam turned his buddy into a pie, Matthew write a wild and crazy post about his buddy Harry and there were many funny selfies taken, of course.

InsulationCombined maths and science.

Last week we tested out which materials would best insulate hot water in a paper coffee cup as part of our science investigation into energy. Each group tested different combinations of materials against each other and we had to think about what made something a fair test. This week we constructed line graphs to display and compare our data.

pictionaryLearnt new kupu (words).

Every Tuesday Whaea Adrienne comes into our room to teach us Te Reo Māori and this week we practiced what we’d been learning by having a pictionary race! We even tweeted out some questions about the new animal terms we learnt and the photo above to see if people on Twitter knew any te reo and could guess what our drawings were. Someone got maunga (mountain) correct but someone else thought we’d drawn parāora (bread) and we hadn’t!

IMG_4902Debated government policy.

Our class novel, Amongst The Hidden, is really starting to heat up. I’ve had lots of “Nooooo! You can’t stop THERE!” type comments when I finish the chapter for the day! In the story the main character is a hidden child because the government won’t let you have more than two children. This got us thinking about China’s One Child Policy so we brainstormed what possible positives and negatives there were. We realised that things are often not completely right or completely wrong. We also watched this video about the science behind what might happen to you if you never went outside after some students pointed out that Luke (the main character) would probably be pretty unhealthy both physically and mentally from staying hidden all day.

It’s been a pretty action packed week, really! We’d love to hear your thoughts on what we’ve been up to or any questions you have about what we’ve been learning. Leave them in the comments!

November 3, 2014
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Keep up to date with camp!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAfter an awesome week with the Year 8’s at Lake Rotoiti, we’re back down here for another fun filled camp with the Year 7’s! Like last week, I’ll be tweeting updates from camp so if you’d like to keep an eye on the Twitter feed over to the right of the blog or alternatively follow and save this link to go straight to our Twitter page. Of course, if you’re on Twitter we’d love you to follow and tweet us on there, too!

May 24, 2014
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Hashtag Activism

bring-back-our-girls2-1ybs7jxImage via Nordic, originally from here.

Now that we’ve started to explore Twitter in our class, we’ve been having some discussions around the use of hashtags. One thing we know that they can be used for is to raise awareness about important issues like during the Iranian election protests, #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #bringbackourgirls. Emma has written a great post about the #bringbackourgirls campaign, why don’t you head over and have a read?

Some people say that twitter, social media and hashtag activism isn’t real activism. What do you think?

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